[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 010, 5-16-2016]
The Title of this Code is the "Animal Code" and may be cited as such and will be referred to in this Chapter as the "code."
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 020, 5-16-2016]
The purpose of this code is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the animals and citizens of Carrollton. These general objectives include, among others, the following specific purposes:
To protect pedestrians from dangerous animals.
To minimize safety hazards and ensure that the public health and welfare will be safeguarded.
To protect the character of residential and commercial areas.
To provide mechanisms for the enforcement and administration of the code to ensure that the above purposes are accomplished.
To ensure adequate care for animals.
To preserve the value of the property throughout the Town.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 030, 5-16-2016]
Every animal/pet shall conform to the requirements of this code, irrespective of when such animal/pet was acquired.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 040, 5-16-2016]
In any case where a provision of this code is found to be in conflict with a provision of any other ordinance or other legislation of the Town existing on the effective date of this code, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the safety and health of the people shall prevail.
If any Section, Subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this Chapter is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed separate, distinct and independent, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 050, 5-16-2016]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DOMESTIC ANIMAL
- Any animal domesticated by a person so as to live and breed in a tame condition.
- Any barrier consisting of posts, wire, boards or electronic means used to prevent entry to property or confine animals to the same.
- Hens, roosters, ducks, geese, turkeys, doves, pigeons, Cornish game hens or other fowl raised for profit, hobby or kept as pets.
- To take into custody any animal, by humane means, for confinement purposes.
- KEEPING AND HARBORING
- Any person who shall allow any animal to habitually remain or to lodge or to be fed within his/her home, store, yard, enclosure or place shall be deemed and considered as keeping and harboring said animal within the meaning of this code.
- Horses, mules, sheep, goats, cattle, swine and other domesticated animals, but excluding dogs and cats.
- To disturb, bark at in a threatening manner or interfere with the safety or property of another person.
- The person having the right of property or custody of an animal; or who keeps or harbors an animal; or who has an animal in his/her care or possession; or who knowingly permits an animal to remain in or about any premises occupied by or under the control of that person.
- Any animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.
- An instrument or a means of restraining an animal either by electronic means, fence, leash or by verbal commands to which the animal immediately responds.
- Designed object issued by the Town of Carrollton showing year and registration number.
- Occurring without motivation or provocation.
- WILD ANIMAL
- Any animal which can normally be found living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated, including, but not limited to, a non-human primate, raccoon, skunk, fox, wolf, lion, leopard or snake.
- All wild birds, mammals, fish and other aquatic and amphibious forms, and all other wild animals, regardless of classification, whether resident, migratory or imported, protected or unprotected.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 060, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog or cat over three (3) months of age within the corporate limits of the Town of Carrollton without registering such dog or cat and paying a yearly license tax thereon as hereinafter provided.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 070, 5-16-2016]
Any person, firm or corporation owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat over the age of three (3) months within the corporate limits of Carrollton shall pay an annual license registration fee as listed in the Schedule of Fees and Charges maintained in the Town Administrator's office and adopted annually by Council resolution. Provided, that the owner or keeper registering and paying the registration fee for a spayed/neutered dog or cat shall at the time of registration and payment of said fee present to the Town a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that such dog or cat has been spayed/neutered and a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that the animal has been vaccinated. Dogs used for the purpose of assisting handicapped persons (e.g., Seeing Eye dogs) and governmental Police dogs are exempt from the annual license registration fee imposed by this Section.
It shall be the duty of the Town upon receipt of the license fee hereinbefore required to keep in a record suitable for the registration of dogs and cats the registration and the amount paid therefor and shall deliver to the owner or keeper of such dog a receipt, in writing, stating that such person has registered such dog and/or cat and the number of which he/she is registered, and shall also deliver to the owner or keeper of such dog a metallic tag with the letters and/or registration number marked or stamped thereon; which shall be by the owner or keeper attached to the collar to be used on said dog and/or cat so registered.
Lost Tags. When it shall be made to appear to the Animal Control Officer that any tag has become lost, he/she shall, upon presentation of the certificate, issue another tag for a fee listed in the Schedule of Fees and Charges maintained in the Town Administrator's office and adopted annually by Council resolution.
Dog Or Cat Tags — Removal Of. It shall be unlawful for any person to take off or remove the Town license tag from any dog belonging to another or to remove the strap or collars on which the same is fastened.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 080, 5-16-2016]
The license fee hereinbefore provided shall be for the calendar year and shall become due on June 30 and each June 30 thereafter. When application that should have been made by June 30 is not made until after July 1, the appropriate license fee shall be increased by fifty percent (50%). Provided, that if the applicant who became the owner of the dog or cat has moved into the Town after June 30, the license tax may be prorated to the nearest quarter and the penalty for delinquency shall be added thirty (30) days after the date when the license should have been procured.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 090, 5-16-2016]
Any person making application for license for a dog or cat shall be required to present to the Town at the time of making such application a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian only showing that such dog, cat or ferret has been vaccinated with a recognized anti-rabies vaccine. This includes a certificate of vaccination that has been executed some time during the previous thirty-six-month period and with at least twelve (12) months remaining prior to expiration of administered vaccine. The thirty-six-month vaccination will be allowed only after the initial vaccination at three (3) to five (5) months of age is administered and then followed by a booster twelve (12) months after the initial vaccination. The certificate of vaccination must bear information regarding manufacturer of vaccine used, sex of the animal and whether the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Should any dog or cat be picked up by the Animal Control Officer that does not have a current tag, and the owner is unable to show proof of vaccination, such owner, prior to release of the dog or cat, shall post a bond, approved by the Governing Body and listed in the Schedule of Fees and Charges maintained in the Town Administrator's office, returnable when proof is obtained.
Such bond will be forfeited after fourteen (14) days if proof of vaccination is not presented within that time period. A second offense shall be cause to cite the owner into Municipal Court.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 100, 5-16-2016]
The owning, harboring or keeping of more than four (4) dogs and cats over six (6) months of age in excess of four (4) [or any combination of dogs and cats exceeding four (4)] upon any property in the Town of Carrollton shall be deemed a deemed a nuisance per se, provided that the owner or keeper may secure from and at the discretion of the Town Council a permit to keep or harbor more than four (4) dogs and cats upon adequately showing that the premises are so situated and that special circumstances exist which would not constitute a nuisance to the neighborhood. Except that puppies or kittens may remain with their mothers until they reach the age of ten (10) weeks. Law Enforcement dogs possessed by Law Enforcement Officers certified by the Department of Public Safety and Seeing Eye Dogs or other similar dogs used to assist disabled persons and possessed by such persons shall not be counted for the purposes of this Section.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 110, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or harborer of an animal to allow said animal to run at large within the Town of Carrollton, Missouri. An animal shall be kept within the owner's private premises by some person in charge of the animal. An animal shall be deemed running at large with the permission of the owner unless:
The animal is on the premises of the owner under the control of a competent person;
The animal is confined within a building, enclosure or the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle; or
On a durable leash, cord, chain, electronic or similar restraint under the control of a competent person who is capable of controlling the animal.
The owner of any animal found running at large in violation of this Section shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00); provided, however, that the owner of any animal found running at large in any Town park shall, upon conviction for a first violation, be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) and, upon conviction for a second or subsequent violation, be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) per violation.
An owner or person having custody of every animal, when such animal is off the property controlled by the owner, shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by such animal on public property, public walks, public street, public parks, public cemetery, rights-of-way and on private property.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 115, 5-16-2016]
Any animal found in the Town without a license tag, running at large in violation of Section 205.110 or otherwise in violation of this Chapter, shall be placed in the Town animal shelter.
Every animal so placed in the Town's animal shelter shall be held for redemption by the owner of animal for a period of not less than seven (7) business days. (A business day is a day during which the animal shelter is open for business to the public.)
Upon the impoundment of any animal, the owner of the animal, if known, shall be notified. If the owner is unknown, written notice of the impoundment shall be posted for seven (7) days at the Town's animal shelter describing the animal and the place and time of taking.
In case the animal's owner shall desire to reclaim the animal from the animal shelter, the owner must:
If the owner is a resident of the Town, produce proof that the animal has had a valid rabies vaccination as required by this Chapter and that the animal has a valid Town license and, if the owner is not a resident of the Town, produce proof that the animal has had a valid rabies vaccination as required by this Chapter;
Pay all maintenance costs, as established from time to time by the Town, for keeping the animal while in the animal shelter; and
Pay the impoundment fee as established from time to time by the Town.
Impoundment records shall be kept for each animal taken into the Town's animal shelter. Those records will contain a description of the animal by specie, breed, sex, approximate age and other distinguishing traits, the location at which the animal was seized; the date of seizure; the name and address of the owner, if known, and disposition of the animal. Impoundment records shall be preserved for a minimum of one (1) year from the date the animal was impounded.
If an impounded animal is not reclaimed by the owner within seven (7) days after impoundment and notice of such impoundment, the animal may be placed in a good home or disposed of in some humane manner under such rules as the Town may from time to time establish.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 120, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful to keep or harbor any female dog or cat within an unconfined area during such time as she is in heat. The owner shall keep such dog or cat confined in a building or secure structure or in a veterinary hospital or boarding kennel in a manner that such female animal cannot come in contact with other animals except for planned breeding and will not attract males. Should the owner or keeper fail to do so, then the Town may take the female dog or cat and impound her and dispose of her as set forth above.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 130, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person's animal to inflict or attempt to inflict bodily injury to any person or other animal whether or not the owner is present. However, this shall not apply to an attack by a dog under the control of an on-duty Law Enforcement Officer or to an attack upon an uninvited intruder who has entered the owner's property with criminal intent.
A dangerous animal is an animal:
That has inflicted a severe or fatal injury on a human being ("severe injury" means any physical injury resulting directly from an animal's bite that results in broken bones, lacerations requiring stitches or inpatient hospitalization. A victim who receives severe injuries must provide the Animal Control office with a signed physician's statement documenting injury and treatment qualifying such as a severe injury or sign an authorization for release of such statement);
That has killed a dog, cat or other domestic animal without provocation while off the owner's property;
That is owned or harbored primarily or in part for animal fighting;
That has bitten a human being without provocation on public or private property;
That, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon streets, sidewalks or any public grounds or private property other than the property of the owner in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, regardless of whether or not a person is injured by such animal; or
Any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings and domestic animals.
The Animal Control Officer shall have the authority to designate any animal as a dangerous animal upon receiving evidence that the animal meets any of the criteria for a dangerous animal set forth in Subsection (B) above. When such a designation is made, at least one (1) owner of the animal, if known, shall be served a summons notifying the person of the designation and informing him or her of his or her right to appeal such designation by appearing in court. Pending a disposition by the court, the animal must be confined in such a manner as determined by the Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Officer shall be authorized to require confinement of the animal by permitting the owner to have the animal confined at a veterinary facility or kennel, or by permitting the animal to be confined on the owner's premises in such secure facilities as are approved by the Animal Control Officer. If the animal is deemed dangerous by the court, the court shall issue the order to have the animal euthanized or removed from the Town of Carrollton. If removal is authorized by the court, the animal shall be placed in the custody of Animal Control while the owner makes immediate arrangements to have the animal removed from the Town of Carrollton. If the animal is not removed within twenty-four (24) hours, Animal Control shall make arrangements for humane euthanization.
Exceptions to dangerous animal classification:
With the exception of Subsection (B)(1) above, no animal may be declared to be dangerous if the injury, damage or threat was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the animal; was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the animal; has in the past been observed or reported to have teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the animal; or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
With the exception of Subsection (B)(1) above, the Animal Control Officer may, because of extenuating circumstances, determine from the investigation of an incident that an animal is not dangerous. However, the owner may be warned of the animal's tendencies and to take appropriate action to prevent subsequent incidents. This, however, does not exempt the owner from being cited for other animal control ordinance violations.
Any owner of an animal declared to be a dangerous animal shall, upon conviction for violation of any provision or requirement imposed pursuant to Subsection (C) above, be subject to a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation, to imprisonment of up to ninety (90) days or both. In addition, the dangerous animal shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 135, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for anyone to set or use traps within the Town limits of Carrollton unless authorized by Animal Control. If a trap is required, said property owner shall request a trap from Animal Control and inform Animal Control if an animal is caught. Furthermore, it is a violation of this Section for anyone to tamper with, alter or otherwise damage any trap set by Animal Control.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 150, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any animal or any person harboring an animal when notified that such animal has bitten any person or has so injured any person as to have caused an abrasion of the skin to sell or give away such animal or to permit or allow such animal to be taken beyond the limits of the Town for a period of not less than ten (10) days after the date that such animal has so bitten or injured any person, except under the care of a licensed veterinarian. If an animal has current vaccinations, the animal may be quarantined at its residence providing an adequate kennel, cage or adequate confinement can be established with the Animal Control Officer's approval. If confinement is not available, the dog or cat must always be under direct control of the owner. During the ten-day quarantine, the owner(s) must consent to periodic inspections by the Animal Control Officer.
If the animal is not currently vaccinated, then it shall be the duty of the owner or keeper upon receiving notice of character aforesaid to immediately place such animal in a licensed veterinarian hospital or kennel where such animal shall be confined for a period of not less than ten (10) days; and such owner or person keeping or harboring such animal shall notify the Animal Control Officer of the name and location of said veterinarian hospital or kennel and the date that said animal was confined. It shall be within the discretion of the Municipal Court of the Town to order the destruction or other disposition of any animal so confined upon expiration of the confinement period.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 160, 5-16-2016]
Whenever the prevalence of hydrophobia renders such action necessary to protect public health and safety, the Mayor shall issue a proclamation ordering every person owning a dog or cat to confine it securely on his/her premises unless it is muzzled so that it cannot bite. No person shall violate such proclamation, and any unmuzzled dogs or cats running at large during the time fixed in the proclamation shall be euthanized by the Animal Control or by the Police without notice to the owner thereof.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 170, 5-16-2016]
If an animal infected with rabies is delivered to a veterinary hospital, notice of the name and location of such hospital shall be immediately furnished to the Town by the owner, keeper of such animal or Animal Control Officer. In addition, the Town shall be notified immediately by the veterinarian in charge of said animal whenever an animal that is suspected to be infected with rabies is delivered to the veterinarian and in the event of the death of said animal while under observation in said veterinary hospital.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 180, 5-16-2016]
It shall be the duty of the owner or keeper of any infected animal upon receiving notice of the infection to immediately place such animal in a duly licensed veterinary hospital where the animal shall be confined for a period of at least ten (10) days or to convey or cause such animal to be conveyed to an animal shelter which is to be designated by the Town, where such animal shall be securely chained or confined for a period of at least ten (10) days, at the expense of the owner or keeper of said animal.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 190, 5-16-2016]
If an animal is diseased, dangerous, rabid or exposed to rabies and the animal cannot be impounded after a reasonable effort or if an animal cannot be impounded without serious risk to the person attempting to impound the animal, the animal may be killed by any Law Enforcement Officer of the Town.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 200, 5-16-2016]
A person is guilty of animal neglect when he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control which results in substantial harm to the animal.
A person is guilty of animal abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care or if he/she fails to take possession of an animal having been identified as belonging to the person, and such notice being served to said person, when such animal has been impounded by the Town of Carrollton for any reason for a time period greater than seven (7) days from such notice.
Animal neglect or animal abandonment are ordinance violations. For a first offense of either violation, a term of imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. For a second or subsequent violation of either offense, a term of imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. All fines and penalties for a first conviction of animal neglect or animal abandonment may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect or abandonment shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect or abandonment have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals may not be waived.
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect or animal abandonment to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 205, 5-16-2016]
Whenever any animal is found confined in a motor vehicle in a public place under weather conditions that endanger its life as determined by Animal Control or a Police Officer, said officer is authorized to enter such vehicle and rescue such animal and thereafter impound it in accordance with this Chapter. A prominent written notice shall be left on the vehicle advising that the animal has been removed and impounded in accordance with this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 210, 5-16-2016]
The keeping or harboring of any animal which is frequently and habitually loud (barking, howling, yelping or making any other loud or unusual noise) and frequently disturbs the peace of any neighborhood is hereby prohibited and declared to be a public nuisance and unlawful under this code. It shall be the duty of any person harboring or keeping such loud animal to abate said nuisance, and if he/she fails to do so, the Town may impound the animal or take any other appropriate action to abate said nuisance.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 215, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any animals or fowl in a pen, shed, yard or other confined area within the Town limits of Carrollton from which any deleterious or offensive odors shall be emitted. The maintaining of animals or fowl in such conditions shall be a violation of this Section.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 220, 5-16-2016]
Any animal or group of animals which behave in the following manner will be considered a public nuisance:
Molests any passerby or chases passing vehicles, including bicycles, when upon public property.
Attacks any other animal.
Is in heat and not properly confined.
Is running at large.
Damages public or private property.
Barks, whines, howls, meows or creates any other disturbance which is continuous or untimely so as to disturb an individual who is a neighbor and who does, in writing, state he/she will so testify if called upon to testify about such matter under oath. For purposes of this Section, a "neighbor" is defined as an individual residing in a residence structure which is within one hundred (100) yards of the property on which the animal is kept or harbored.
Is ridden on, driven or led on public property in such a manner to obstruct or interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Causes injury to a person.
Threatens or causes a condition which endangers public health or safety.
Impedes refuse collection by ripping any bag or tipping any container of refuse.
If a neighbor complains, in writing, that the animal is entering upon the neighbor's property and it is found on that neighbor's property after that complaint.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 230, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any non-human living creature that is not customarily regarded as capable of being domesticated or any non-human living creature whose size, inherent characteristics, physical attributes or dangerous propensities make it a threat to human health, life or limb, whose nature preludes it being safely kept in captivity or to whom captivity would be detrimental to its health.
The following animals are exempt from the aforementioned, for instance: canaries, ducks, finches, parakeets, love birds, parrots, soft-bill birds, fishes, non-poisonous snakes, pot belly pigs, ferrets, American otters raised in captivity, turtles, salamanders, hedgehogs, non-poisonous spiders and non-poisonous reptiles and amphibians.
Zoological parks performing animal exhibitions and circuses are exempt from requirements of this Chapter and may exhibit, display or allow wild animals to perform upon acquiring the proper permits to do so under the codes of the Town of Carrollton.
Any person finding or capturing any wild animal shall make a report to the Animal Control Officer within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of capture. The report shall include a description of the animal and the place where the animal is currently located.
Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). For every day that such violation is continued after the conviction, such person may again be arrested, tried, convicted and punished as in the first instance.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 240, 5-16-2016]
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of Sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030, RSMo.;
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control; or
Causes the animal or fowl to engage in any form of animal fighting.
For purposes of this Section, "animal" shall be defined as a non-human mammal.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 250, 5-16-2016]
A person commits the offense of assault on a Police animal when such person knowingly attempts to kill or disable or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to a Police animal when that animal is involved in law enforcement investigation, apprehension, tracking or search, or the animal is in the custody of or under the control of a Law Enforcement Officer, Department of Corrections Officer, municipal Police Department, Fire Department or a rescue unit or agency.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 260, 5-16-2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person to promote, train animals for, conduct, participate in or collect any monies from or on account of non-human animal fighting. Any person convicted of violating this Section shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) per violation, be imprisoned for up to ninety (90) days or both.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 270, 5-16-2016]
No person owning, keeping or having custody of a dog or cat shall allow or permit excrement of such animal to remain on public property, private property other than the owner of the animal without consent of such owner or occupant thereof or allow the excrement to cause foul odor on the owner's property.
Any person owning, keeping or having custody of an animal shall immediately remove the excrement deposited by the animal if deposited on property other than that of the owner of the animal.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 290, 5-16-2016]
Any person, firm or corporation that maintains in this Town a kennel where dogs are kept for sale having obtained a license therefor under this code shall not be required to obtain dog licenses for such dogs under this code. However, such kennel may secure such licenses and transfer the licenses with the dogs to any purchaser thereof.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 300, 5-16-2016]
It is unlawful to counterfeit or attempt to counterfeit the tags provided for in this code or to take from any dog or cat a tag legally placed upon it by its owner with the intent to place it upon another dog or cat.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 310, 5-16-2016]
Dog or cat tags are not transferable and no refunds shall be made on any dog license fee because of leaving the Town before the expiration of the license. Tags may be transferred only when said dog or cat dies and the Animal Control Officer is notified.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 320, 5-16-2016]
Any animal or fowl taken up and impounded in the public animal shelter of the Town shall be released to the owner upon compliance with Section 205.120 and payment of impoundment and maintenance fees approved by the Town Council and listed in the Schedule of Fees and Charges maintained in the Town Administrator's office.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 330, 5-16-2016]
Notice of impoundment shall immediately be made, if possible, by the Town to the owner or keeper of the dog or cat as shown by the licensing records of the Town or if known to the Animal Control Officer. Failure to receive such notice shall not prevent the Town or its authorized agency from carrying out the provisions of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 340, 5-16-2016]
If the owner of the animal is not known, then the Animal Control Officer shall immediately post a notice of impoundment at the Town's animal shelter facility.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 350, 5-16-2016]
The owner or keeper of any animal which causes destruction, damage or injury to any person or to any personal property of another shall be responsible to the victim or possessor of said property/injury for the monetary value of said damages.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 360, 5-16-2016]
It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to break open the pound or to attempt to do so, or to take or let out any animals there from, or to take or attempt to take from any officer any animal taken up by him/her in compliance with this code or in any manner to interfere with or hinder such officer in the discharge of his/her duties under this code.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 370, 5-16-2016]
Except as otherwise specifically set forth in this Chapter, a person violating any provision of this Chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each such violation.
[Ord. No. 2016-1191 § 380, 5-16-2016]
The fee schedule for the Department is as follows (subject to future amendment).